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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Reviews

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January 29, 2019
The results aren't quite so resonant, but the right notes are still being played, and we certainly come away fond enough of the characters and invested enough in their world to want to come back for more when it's ready.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 14, 2019
Bret MacKenzie returns as FIGWIT and it's about as jarring as Ed Sheeran in Game of Thrones but it's still good.
January 14, 2019
It makes sense for Peter Jackson to want to fill out his canvas. Film can show certain things that prose cannot (and vice versa, obviously).
November 2, 2018
We've got a lot of road to travel before we'll know if the quest was worth it. But I'm willing to go along on the journey, so that's something.
August 23, 2018
Freeman has been well cast as the young Bilbo, providing a sense of British indignity accompanied by his slightly gormless, gob-smacked facial expressions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 25, 2018
It also has one thing that Lord of the Rings never did: A story that is human-scale, even if it's about hobbits and dwarves.
November 21, 2017
At the centre are terrific performances from Freeman and Richard Armitage as the dwarf Thorin, plus all the lush scenery, majesty and magic we've come to expect from Jackson - strengths that will have us counting the days until part two.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 1, 2017
Slow start, senstational ending: a decent job. No The Lord Of The Rings, but no The Phantom Menace either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 9, 2017
Virtuous, authentic heroes have a way of making more heroes as they journey on, whether across a movie screen or the pages of a beloved book.
June 20, 2016
The 'LOTR' films have become so iconic and undeniably definitive, that it's often anticlimactic in 'The Hobbit' to hear grand characters saying new sentences in new settings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 10, 2016
Watching the three great actors in eye-popping 3D as they go on and on about dwarves, dragons, a necromancer, elves and ogres is the joy and ridiculousness of a fantasy movie that takes itself very honestly and seriously.
April 28, 2014
You may have seen Middle Earth before. But you haven't been IN Middle Earth.Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' has made it possible for you to feel like you're surrounded by the astonishing environment created by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 23, 2014
With the first film pushing three hours, purists will be pleased. Less die-hard audiences will find a lot of meandering set-up - albeit visually gorgeous meandering setup.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 18, 2013
It rambles over hill and dale and mountain and field and forest and marsh and through cavern and catacomb and grotto and pothole...but will please the Tolkien faithful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 4, 2013
While the new scenes don't add much to the great film, the outstanding wealth of special features makes this one of the must-own Blu-rays of 2013.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 24, 2013
"Unexpected Journey" runs nearly three hours. That gives Jackson plenty of time to revive its magic [which he does] by triggering our good will toward the "Rings" trilogy. He evokes the trilogy's tone and its rhythms.
April 14, 2013
The odd thing about the saying "too much of a good thing" is that it acknowledges the fact that, something, in general, is composed of an overabundance of excellence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 23, 2013
The Hobbit may not be as memorable as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but it's a mostly faithful adaptation that sticks to the same tones and themes of the source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 21, 2013
It's a journey that any fan of Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy should enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 2, 2013
If Jackson had focused simply on Bilbo's party and their attempts to get a proper homeland for the dwarves, 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' would have been a leaner, more engaging tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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